Political Alignments in Organizations: Contextualization, Mobilization, and Coordination
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Bacharach, Samuel B.; Lawler, Edward J.
This chapter develops a framework for conceptualizing and analyzing enduring political alignments in organizations. We address the following key questions: (a) What processes promote political alignments, in particular ones that are likely to be recognized and identifiable by members of an organization? and (b) What are the major forms of political alignment? Repeated coalitions among the same actors are the central mechanism that generates enduring, identifiable political alignments. The power relations within and between coalitions determine the nature of the political alignments. Overall, political alignments are construed as microinstitutions that generate coordinated efforts to influence organizational strategy, policies, and practices.
political alignments; organizations; power relations
Required Publisher Statement: © SAGE. Final version published as: Bacharach, S., & Lawler, E. J. (1998). Political alignments in organizations: Contextualization, mobilization, and coordination [Electronic version]. In R. M. Kramer & M. A. Neale (Eds.), Power and influence in organizations (pp. 67-88). Thousand Oaks: CA: Sage Publications. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.